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Pakistan remains deeply concerned at India’s continuing human rights violations in Kashmir: FO

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has again expressed deep concern at the continuing repression and human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) by the Indian occupation forces.

“We strongly condemn the extra-judicial killing of four innocent Kashmiri youth in Srinagar and Pulwama today,” the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that in his weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Friday.

Earlier during the week, four Kashmiris were martyred in the so-called cordon and search operations in Baramulla and Kupwara.

The Spokesperson said that India’s designs to silence the Kashmiris and their leadership through oppression, wanton use of force, and sham trials will never succeed.

As the popular reaction in IIOJK on the sentencing of Yasin Malik proves, this will provide further momentum to their legitimate struggle, he said.

Asim Iftikhar said that Pakistan once again urges India to halt its state terrorism, immediately cease human rights violations, release all Kashmiri leaders detained on trumped-up charges, and lift the inhumane military siege of IIOJK.

The Spokesperson also called upon the international community, international human rights organizations and particularly the United Nations and its human rights machinery to take cognizance of the dire humanitarian situation in IIOJK, hold India accountable for its shameless violations of international law and norms, and to play their role in ensuring a just resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

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